One of the largest churches in downtown Toronto, Metropolitan United Church, hosted an Iftar and dinner gathering on Thursday, May 24 and over 150 people were in attendance to join with Muslims as they broke the fast. The Intercultural Dialogue Institute GTA in conjunction with the church organized the event.
“We are absolutely delighted that you have joined us for this event, the third year that we are doing it with Metropolitan United, and we are thankful for this partnership,” said Azim Shamshiev, Executive Vice President of the Intercultural Dialogue Institute GTA, in his welcoming remarks.
“Ramadan is a very special and the holiest month of the year for 1.7 billion Muslims throughout the world. During this month, healthy Muslims abstain from eating and drinking but there is more to the month of fasting than this – it is a time of inner reflection and devotion to God and trying to be a better moral person. Muslims think of Ramadan as a tune up for their spiritual lives,” noted Shamshiev.
“Apart from being a month of prayers and spiritual purification, Ramadan has a strong social and community dimension. It is a way of experiencing hunger and developing empathy for the less fortunate and developing gratitude and appreciation for the blessings in our life.”
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